Magazine Fall 2007
Northwestern State University of Louisiana
Dr. Randall J. Webb, 1965, 1966
President, Northwestern State University
Great news for your alma mater came out of the recent
regular session of the Louisiana Legislature as Northwestern
State University enters the 2007-2008 academic year at 100
percent funding under the State Appropriations Formula. This
brings the university in line with average funding levels among peer institutions in
the Southern Regional Education Board states. Being funded at 100 percent of for-
mula means an additional $15.5 million in annual funding to Northwestern. We are
grateful to Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and the legislature for making addition-
al funds available to Northwestern and all Louisiana colleges and universities.
This new funding is being used to enhance student services, provide addition-
al student scholarships, increase pay for faculty and staff, perform deferred main-
tenance on campus facilities and other needs of the university.
This year, more than 20 new faculty are being hired in academic areas across
campus. These new faculty will help reduce faculty teaching loads, allow Northwest-
ern to add class sections and reduce the size of many classes.
The university plans to seek approval from the Board of Supervisors for the Uni-
versity of Louisiana System and the Louisiana Board of Regents for new doctoral,
master's and bachelor's programs in the coming months. Northwestern will propose
a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and master's degrees in social work, criminal
justice and professional science along with a certificate program in higher educa-
tion. We will also seek permission to begin bachelor's programs in professional com-
munication and unified public safety and administration.
Northwestern received $20 million in the state's capital outlay bill for five proj-
ects including $3,480,000 for the extension of South Jefferson Street to the High-
way 1 Bypass, $4 million for electrical underground system replacement,
$5,325,000 for the demolition and reconstruction of West Caspari Hall and the ren-
ovation of East Caspari Hall, $5.6 million for the renovation of Williamson Hall and
$1.6 million for upgrades and expansion of the campus fiber optic network.
As a university, we are determined to use this additional funding in a way which
will provide the most possible benefit to the people of Louisiana.
Thank you again for all you do to support Northwestern State University.
Dr. Chris Maggio, 1985, 1991
Director of Alumni and Development
My fellow alumni:
This past summer and every year, Northwestern is host to
literally thousands of high school students who visit campus
to attend cheer and dance camps, athletic clinics, music and
auxiliary clinics, academic sessions for accelerated students, and, this year, Boys
and Girls State. This provides us with invaluable opportunities to make a good
impression on college-bound students and their parents.
Another wonderful source for finding out about outstanding prospective stu-
dents is through you, our alumni and friends. You may have a grandchild, a neigh-
bor or other special youth that you believe would find personal growth and an out-
standing college experience at Northwestern. If this is the case, please take a
moment to look at Page 17 of this magazine, where you can provide names and con-
tact information for a prospective student. You can also contact University Recruit-
ing by calling toll free (800) 327-1903 or (318) 357-4503 or by e-mailing
email@example.com . Our recruiters will follow up on all referrals to help prospec-
tive students explore what Northwestern has to offer, including academic programs
and student life opportunities.
As I have stated before, our alumni are our most credible ambassadors. Thank you
for all you do to support Northwestern and I hope to see you or hear from you soon.
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986
Jerry Brungart Natchitoches. 1969, 1971
Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969
Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975
Adrian Howard Arlington. Texas, 1989
Patricia Wiggins Hrapmann Destrehan, 1973. 1978
Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998
Matt Koury Leesville, 1995
Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958
Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970
Dr. Lisa Mathews Benton, 1992
David Morgan Austin. Texas, 1973
Kip Patrick Shreveport. 1995
Joseph B. Stamey Natchitoches, 1983
Glenn Talbert Shreveport. 1964
Ricky Walmsley Covington, 1985
J. Michael Wilburn Shreveport, 1975
Jimmy Williams . . .- Alexandria, 1993
Dr. Leonard A. Williams New Orleans. 1993
Shane Creppel Natchitoches
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Florida? Absolutely. Florida State? Not quite.
Georgia? Yes. Georgia Southern? Not even close.
Marking the centennial of intercollegiate football competition puts Northwest-
em State Lniversitv in a select group of southern universities sponsoring NCAA
Division I athletics programs.
Northwestern and The Citadel are celebrating their 100-year anniversaries of
football this fall. The\ will join an exclusive group of 20 universities w ith Di\ ision
I programs to have reached that landmark across the Deep South.
In Louisiana. Northwestern steps into a second century of football alongside
LSU. Tulane. Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette. It was a 1907 contest
against Louisiana Polytechnic that was the first for Louisiana State Normal College
against another college team, although Normal football teams had competed against
picked teams, club teams and city teams in preceding years.
Around the Deep South, the 100-year club includes Texas. Texas A&M. TCU.
Baslor. Arkansas. Alabama. Auburn. Tennessee. Georgia. Georgia Tech. Florida.
Mississippi State. Ole Miss. Vanderbilt. Alabama State, and Tennessee-Chat-
tanooga, along with the Louisiana members, according to NCAA records. The
nation's oldest Division I football programs are Rutgers and Princeton at 137 years
To commemorate joining those select ranks. Northwestern began making
plans for the celebration before the end of last basketball season. The decision
was made to kick off the official Centennial Celebration on a festive da\ in its
own right. July 4. with the announcement of "The Top 100 Players in Demon
Football History." Fan voting conducted in May was a primary component in
the selection process, w ith a committee completing the selections. More than
1,100 ballots were mailed to former Demon players and coaches, while fans
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"Top 100 Players in
Demon Football History"
• As chosen by fan voting with con-
sultation by a blue-ribbon selection
• Commemorating the 100th anniver-
sary of intercollegiate football com-
petition at NSU
Corwyn Aldredge (TE, 1962-64); Mike
Almond (WR, 1975-78); Butch Ballard (QB,
1973-76); Don Beasley (QB, 1961-64); Arthur
"Tank" Berry (DL, 1981-84); Nathan Black
(WR, 1998-01); Gordon Boogaerts (LB,
1970-72); Billy Jack Booth (TE, 1956-59);
William Broussard (OL, 1996-99); Greg Buck-
ley (OL, 2001-04);
Jerry Burton (DB, 1960-63); Mario Cage (RB,
1971-74); Andre Carron (LB, 1988-91):
Tory Collins (DL, 2003-06); Robert Daniel
(DL, 1994-98); Joe Delaney (RB, 1977-80);
John Dilworth (DB, 1971-74); Al Dodd (DB,
1963-66); Dudley Downing (OL, 1952-54);
Derrick Doyle (WR, 2003-06);
Mark Duper (WR, 1980-81); Walter Edler
(DL, 1967-70); Al Edwards (WR, 1986-89);
Johnny Emmons (ATH, 1948-51); Jerry
Fowler (OL, 1959-62); Mike Funches (OL,
1997-98); Larry Gaudet (LB, 1968-71); Mike
Green (DB, 1997-99); Warren Griffith (OL,
1976-80); Don Guidry (QB, 1965-68);
Ross Gwinn (OL, 1963-66); Adrian Hardy
(DB, 1989-92); Bobby Hebert (QB, 1979-82);
Bert Heckel (OL, 1956-59); Charlie Hennigan
(WR, 1955-57); Randy Hilliard (DB, 1986-89);
Keith Hodnett (K, 1985-88); Dale Hoffpauir
(ATH, 1956-59); Derrick Johnese (RB, 2002-
04); Donald Johnson (RB, 1969-72);
Jamall Johnson (LB, 2003-04); Jermaine
Jones (DB, 1995-98); John King (OL, 1987-
90); John Kulakowski (DL, 1984-87); Brad
Laird (QB, 1991-95); A.K. "Buddy" Lancaster
(ATH, 1948-50); Monte Ledbetter (WR, 1964-
65); Walter Ledet (OL, 1934-38); Kevin Lewis
(DB, 1985-88); Roy Locks (DL, 1999-02);
Tony Joe Maranto (DB, 1995-97); Clarence
Matthews (RB, 1992-95); Gary McCrary (OL,
1968-71); Terrence McGee (DB, 1999-02);
James "Red" McNew (ATH, 1953-56);
Robert Moore (DB, 1982-85); Ed Moses (LB,
1990-93); Craig Nail (QB, 2001); Greg
Necaise (DL, 1989-90); Quintene Newhouse
Centennial Celebration continued
and the public were encouraged to vote
online through www.nsudemons.com .
the university's official athletics website.
The Top 100 list was narrowed down
from a group of 230 players nominated by
a blue-ribbon panel comprised of former
players, coaches and past and present
administrators. Credentials required
included either first-team all-conference
or All-Louisiana recognition, All-Ameri-
ca honors, professional football experi-
ence, selection to the university's Gradu-
ate N Club Hall of Fame for performance
as a football player for the Demons, or by
being a current or former school record
holder or currently ranking in the all-time
records. Some players prior to World War
II were also on the ballot based on past
testimonials from coaches of that era.
"As we expected, the selection
process generated a great deal of interest
around the state and from NSU supporters
around the country. Choosing a 'Top 100'
list has been a wonderful way to kick off
the celebration of our 100-year football
anniversary," said Director of Athletics
Pro Football Hall of Fame tight end
Jackie Smith joined College Foot-
ball Hall of Fame members Joe
Delaney and Gary Reasons on the
"Top 100" roster.
Also among the Top 100 roster
are nine members of the Louisiana
Sports Hall of Fame, eight All-Pro
or Pro Bowl participants, and eight
Demons who played in the Super
Bowl including five who played on
winning teams in that game. The Top 100
includes 37 Ail-Americans, along with
dozens of pro football participants,
including six who are currently active.
Five players from the unbeaten (9-0)
1966 team made the Top 100: All-Ameri-
ca safety Al Dodd, Senior Bowl partici-
pant Dick Reding (receiver), quarterback
Don Guidry, offensive tackle Ross Gwinn
and receiver Al Phillips. All-America tail-
back Parker Wiggins was the only repre-
sentative from the 1 1-0 Demons of 1939.
"This is just an incredible honor,"
said Gwinn. "You think about 100 years
of football and that's what this is really
about, not just some of us, but all of us
who have ever played or cheered for
Northwestern. To be part of something
with this kind of history and tradition,
There are more players whose career
ended in the 1980s (20) than any other
decade on the list. Included are 18 from
the 1990s, 17 from both the 1960s and the
current decade, 15 from the 1970s, 10
from the 1950s and just three from earlier
The Top 100 list includes players
starting with 1923-25 tailback Harry
"Rags" Turpin, who was named head
coach in 1934 and served in that capacity
for a record 22 seasons. It was capped by
three players who just completed their
Demon football careers last fall: two-time
All-America defensive tackle Tory
Collins, career receiving leader Derrick
Doyle, and three-time first-team All-
Southland Conference safety Russ Wash-
Typical of the reaction of the players
chosen was this response from quarter-
back James "Red" McNew, a star quarter-
back and safety from 1953-56:
"I was lucky enough to have played
with an outstanding group and coached by
a great staff. Coach Turpin, Coach Ledet
and Coach Brown will always have a
warm place in my heart .... Thanks to all
my former teammates and I know without
their help this honor would not have been
possible. I accept on their behalf"
The "Top 100 Players" were honored
Sept. 1 when Northwestern celebrated the
100th anniversary of its first intercolle-
giate competition as the 2007 season
kicked off with a home contest at Turpin
Stadium against Henderson State, where
former NSU head coach Sam Goodwin is
the director of athletics. Centennial cele-
bration activities are being staged at each
2007 home football game, including the
Oct. 27 homecoming contest. The com-
memoration will wrap up early next year
with a "Sam Goodwin Roast" with the
school's all-time winningest football
coach as the featured guest.
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The "Top 100" roster includes 54
offensive players: 16 linemen, 14 running
backs, 13 wide receivers, eight quarter-
backs and three tight ends. There are 36
defensive players, with 17 defensive
backs, 11 linemen and eight linebackers.
Four specialists - kickers, punters and
returners - made the list along with six
players in the "athlete" category because
of their versatility and contributions on
offense, defense and special teams.
Reasons, All-America from 1981-83,
is the only three-time All-America player
in school history, and was the first in
Football Championship Subdivision (for-
merly Division I-AA) history. He set
school records with 172 tackles as a sen-
ior and 394 in his career.
Delaney, who shattered school sin-
gle-game and career rushing records from
1977-80, won "Rookie of the Year" hon-
ors in 1981 for the NFL's Kansas City
Chiefs. He is the only two-sport All-
American in school history, also winning
accolades in track and field as a member
of the Demons' 1981 NCAA Division I
champion 4x100 meter relay team. That
unit also included two other Top 100
members, receivers Mark Duper and Vic-
Reasons was elected to the College
Football Hall of Fame in 1996. with
Delaney inducted posthumously a year
Smith, a tight end and punter for the
Demons from 1959-62, led Northwestern
in receiving twice and in punting three
years. He played 16 seasons in the NFL,
using the speed that made him an out-
standing hurdler on the Demons' track
team to redefine the tight end's role in pro
football, leading to his Pro Football Hall
of Fame enshrinement in 1994.
Smith, Delaney and Reasons are also
in the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame,
along with Top 100 choices Duper,
Bobby Hebert (quarterback), Charlie
Hennigan (receiver), Walter Ledet
(guard), Charlie Tolar (running back),
Current Demons' head coach Scott
Stoker and defensive line coach Roy
Locks made the Top 100 roster. Stoker
was a record-breaking quarterback from
1986-89, guiding the 1988 Demons to the
Southland Conference title and the play-
off quarterfinals. Locks, a four-year
starter at defensive end and llinebacker,
was a 2002 All-America end for a playoff
Six players currently in the NFL are
among the Top 100: Pro Bowl kick
returner and cornerback Terrence McGee
(Buffalo), 9-year veteran cornerback
Kenny Wright (Cleveland). 8-year cor-
nerback Mike Green (Seattle). 6-year vet-
eran quarterback Craig Nail (Buffalo),
second-year cornerback David Pittman
(Baltimore) and Collins, a rookie defen-
sive tackle with Chicago.
The selection committee also named
13 other players as honorary captains,
recognizing their remarkable leadership
contributions durinu their days at NSU.
Demons start '07 football season
with two home games
NORTHWESTERN STATE DEMONS 2007 FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
*Sam Houston State
'Texas State (HOMECOMING) Home
'Stephen F. Austin
'Southland Conference games
Kickoff times all CST, and are subject to change. Dates
subject to change
for televised games.
Please visit www.
isudemons.com for updates.
Top 100 Players continued
Vic Nyvall (RB, 1967-69); Victor Oatis (WR,
1979-82); John Wayne Odom (OL, 1960-63);
Sammy Joe Odom (LB, 1962-63); Ed Org-
eron (DL, 1980-83); Patrick Palmer (WR,
1994-97); Petey Perot (OL, 1975-78); Al
Phillips (WR, 1966-69); David Pittman (DB,
2002-05); Mike Pool (QB, 1969-70)
Ronnie Powell (RB, 1997-98); Gary Reasons
(LB, 1980-83); Dick Reding (WR, 1963-66);
Michael "Red" Richardson (DB, 1981-84);
Kurt Rodriguez (LB, 1999-02); Jackie Smith
(TE, 1959-62); Marcus Spears (OL, 1991-
93); John Stephens (RB, 1984-87); Scott
Stoker (QB, 1986-89); Glenn Talbert (ATH,
Bob Tatum (OL, 1951-54); Tony Taylor (RB,
1998-00); Gene Tennison (OL, 1998-01)
Keith Thibodeaux (DB, 1993-96); Sidney
Thornton (RB, 1973-76); Charlie Tolar (RB,
1956-58); Darryl Toussaint (DB, 1978-80);
Floyd Turner (WR, 1985-88); Odessa Turner
(WR, 1984-86); Harry "Rags" Turpin (RB,
Randy Walker (P-K, 1970-73); Wayne Walker
(P, 1963-65); Richard Ware (RB, 1968-71);
Russ Washington (DB, 2003-05); Parker
Wiggins (RB, 1937-1940); Ahmad Willis (DL,
1999-02); David Wright (ATH, 1976-79);
Kenny Wright (DB, 1996-98); Ferrell
Yarbrough (DL, 1958-61); Toby Zeigler (SP,
(Chosen by the selection committee in
recognition of their leadership skills,
unselfish team play and positive
impact on their teammates during
their playing careers)
E.H. Gilson (HB, 1937-40); Grant Crowder
(LB, 1994-95); Jerry Epperson (OL, 1951-
54); Guy Hedrick (RB, 1990-92); Bill Johnson
(OL 1975-78); Lester Latino (LB, 1966-69);
Bryant "Red" Lewis (1956-57); Carroll Long
(OL, 1965-66); Rob Robertson (FB, 1994-
97); Mark Schroeder (RB, 1978-79);
Theophile Scott (HB, 1940-42); Carlos Tread-
way (TE, 1988-92); Earnest "Bama" Wright
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Northwestern 's Homecoming Festivities will be celebrated Thursday, Oct. 25 through
Saturday, Oct. 27 with many activities for alumni, visitors and friends.
Thursday, October 25
NSU Retirees Reception
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. — President's Home
Reception for all Northwestern Retirees.
Friday, October 26
Alumni Association Board Meeting
10 a.m., Red River Waterway Commission Building on the High-
way 1 Bypass directly across the street from the Mariner's
Restaurant Annual Board of Directors meeting open to the public.
Homecoming Golf Tournament
1 p.m. — NSU Recreation Complex
Golfers are invited to participate in the annual golf scramble on
the 18-hole golf course for $50 per player (includes golf cart and
lunch by Coach Gene Knecht). Tee time is at 1 p.m. and lunch will
be served at noon. Reservations can be made by calling Drake
Owens at (318) 357-4243 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSU Foundation Board Meeting
1:30 p.m., Red River Waterway Commission Building on the High-
way 1 Bypass directly across the street from the Mariner's
Restaurant. Open to the public.
5 p.m. (approx.) - Campus/Town Annual Homecoming Parade for
both the Northwestern and Natchitoches communities. Begins at
Prather Coliseum and ends at the downtown riverbank. A pep rally
on the riverbank will follow the parade.
6-7 p.m. - Student Union Lobby
Honoring Alumni Board, Foundation Board, Excellence in Teaching
Award Recipients, Long Purple Line Recipients, N-Club Inductees,
and President's Distinguished Service Award Recipient.
Pi Kappa Phi Open House
7 p.m. - Pi Kappa Phi house
All Pi Kappa Phi alumni and their families are invited.
7 p.m. - Student Union Ballroom
Join us for the annual banquet, as we honor the Long Purple
Line Recipients, the President's Distinguished Service Award
Recipient, Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients and the N-
Club Inductees. Tickets are $15 per person and can be pur-
chased at the Alumni Center or by calling 357-4414 or 1-888-
A reception prior to the banquet will be held from
6-7 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Union.
Saturday, October 27
College of Education Reunion
8:30 a.m. - Teacher Education Center
All graduates of the College of Education are invited to attend a
breakfast that will honor the inductees of the College's Hall of
Distinguished Educators. For more information, call the College
of Education at (318) 357-6288.
Pi Kappa Phi Alumni meeting
9 a.m. - Pi Kappa Phi house
College of Business Brunch
10 a.m. - noon— Natchitoches Room, Russell Hall
All College of Business alumni are invited to renew old friendships
before the game. Inductees into the College's Hall of Distinction
will be recognized at approximately 10:30 a.m. and announce-
ments regarding professorships will be made. For more informa-
tion, call the College of Business at (318) 357-5161.
ROTC Open House
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.- James A. Noe Military Science Building
ROTC alumni are invited to visit the hospitality room at the ROTC
building between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. For more information, con-
tact Monica Breedlove at 318-357-5157 or email,
University Bookstore Open
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Student Union
NSU memorabilia and souvenirs will be available for purchase.
N-Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
10:30 a.m. - Magale Recital Hall
For more information, call Gil Gilson at (318) 677-3141 or email
Class of 1957 Homecoming Brunch
11 a.m.- Family & Consumer Science Building, Second Floor.
The brunch is $10 per person. Reservations should be made by
Monday, Oct. 15. For more information or to RSVP, contact Virginia
Crossno at (318) 357-4108 or (318) 357-8355 or email
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field
The Alumni Association will serve plate lunches for $5 per person.
All NSU Alumni are invited to visit the tent for a casual meal with
friends and former classmates before the game.
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Tailgating Field adjacent to Turpin Stadi-
um. Various groups, including the Greek organizations, N-Club,
and College of Education will be tailgating prior to the football
Gymnastics Team Reunion
Noon - 1:30 p.m., Stroud Room, Fieldhouse
Former Gymnastics Team members and their families are invited
to participate in a team reunion. For more information, please call
the Athletic Department at (318) 357-5251 or email Will Brous-
sard at email@example.com.
Alumni Art Show/Picnic
Noon — Orville Hanchey Gallery
Northwestern State University's School of Creative & Performing
Arts, Fine & Graphic Arts Department, will host the 2nd annual
alumni exhibit in conjunction with this fall's Homecoming celebra-
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Homecoming Activities continued
tion. For more information, call Leslie Gruesbeck at (318) 352-
6974 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1:30 p.m. - Turpin Stadium
Enjoy the pre-game show by the Spirit of Northwestern Marching
Band and other game day activities.
Homecoming Game vs. Texas State
2 p.m. - Turpin Stadium
3:30 p.m. (approx.) - Turpin Stadium
Postgame Reception for Homecoming Court
5 p.m. (approx.) - Stroud Room in the Athletic Fieldhouse
For more information, call Yonna Pasch at (318) 357-5438 or email
email@example.com. By invitation only.
5 p.m. (approx.) - "N" Club Tent at Tailgating Field
For more information, call Gil Gilson at (318) 677-3141 or email at
"Boogie on the Bricks"
7 p.m. (approx.) - Front Street
Join Demon fans in the Historic District for live music, food and danc-
ing as Natchitoches hosts a free street dance and concert.
lota Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority & Theta Delta
Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Faternity 35th Reunion
Time and Place TBA
For more information, call either Reginald Jones at (281) 437-2128
or (832) 443-3107 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brenda
Fowler Milner at (318) 652-3107 or email at email@example.com
or Judith Green at (318) 673-6480 or (318) 834-2288 or email at
"Brick Shack" remembered
During a bus tour of the campus during the Class of
1957 reunion last spring, Allen Horton Jr. noted the loca-
tion of Eugene P. Watson Library and what was missing
from that spot: the "Brick Shack," the two-story men's
"How could such a pillar of learning now stand
almost over where 'The Brick Shack' stood?" he won-
dered. A partial history from 1956-57 may explain the
"On the second floor of the north wing housed per-
haps some of the best friends this Cajun could have ever
been around," Horton said. "They were Al, Ted, Peewee,
Pig, the Hineston Trio, Bootsie, Kenneth Wayne, Joe, The
Old Salt, Bud, Jimmy, Tapper and Elvis's two biggest
fans, even before he became a star.
"From this group came at least five coaches, two very
successful realtors, a parish school superintendent, two or
more school administrators, the president of a major paper
operation and a member of the NSU outstanding educa-
tors Hall of Fame. We mourn Joe, Kenneth Wayne and
Donald, who are continuing to make NSU proud in a bet-
ter world than this one.
"A book could be written about the pranks, laughs
and true school spirit shared amongst us. The trips to
Mamma V's for hot tamales and a stop at Maggio's for
what we said was 'root beer.' For some strange reason, the
administration frowned if this was consumed in the Shack.
Many shucks and root beer cans were disposed of in the
"The night of the fire, when Pig and Joe were the
heroes, half-asleep Pig made his way down the hall to use
the facilities when he noticed strange blinking red lights
flickering at one end of the hall where the huge window
fan was mounted. Thinking fire, Pig woke up Joe and
they went to investigate. Joe, the hall monitor, was not
very pleased to be awakened in the first place. He and Pig
were less than thrilled to find a blinking road detour bar-
ricade in front of the huge window fan, which together
made an unusual sight. We proudly continued to give
kudos to the two in saving us from 'the fire.'
"Going back to the irony of the library now above
ground previously occupied by The Shack brings this
thought: many of us never knew where the old library
was, much less how to get in and out of it. We think of
those who resided here, coming back in whatever spirit
they may be, trying to find their old room, winding up in
the new library and not being able to get out.
"So, if when using the library at night you may find
tamale shucks in the waste containers or see strange blink-
ing lights coming from some dark corner, do not panic.
It's just another traditional fun-loving ghost of NSU keep-
ing the campus alive and filled with 'spirit.' Maybe a
library wing, room, or hall should be named the Brick
Shack to make these ghosts feel more at home. This is
dedicated to all who remember the Brick Shack as their
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Shreveport Crawfish Boil
Enjoying crawfish and fun were, front row from
left, Kay Thompson and Patsy Wilson. On the
back row are Tommy Wilson (1975), Tim
Thompson (1976) and Jason Everage (2001).
Chris Grisham and
(2000), Kelle Head
(2001, 2005) and
Brad Jones (1998)
were among the
guests at the
Janis Franklin, Marguerite
Hudson (1949), Billy Hud-
son (1948), Gene Haynes
(1954) and Earl Haynes
(1955) gathered to remem-
ber college days at the
Shreveport Crawfish Boil.
Buddy Bonnette Memorial Day
Kerry Lucky, William Hale (1997), NSU Assistant Director of
Development Jill Bankston (1997) and Todd Matney com-
peted in the Buddy Bonnette Golf Scramble, above left, as
did Dan Poole (1952), Bob Pender (1955, 1960), Len Pon-
der (1959, 1965) and Dwane Murphy (1957), above right.
Other Golf Scramble teams were Dan Carr (1955, 1958),
Harold Collier (1975), T.E. Wall and Jim Reichel, above left,
as well ds Ryan Todtenbier, Paul Errington, Steven Boyd
and Darin Ellet, above right.
25th Annual Chris Roper Memorial
Participating in the annual Chris Roper Golf Tourna-
ment were, from left, Kenny Clark (1979), Mike Stain-
back (1979), Danny Clark (1979), David Thompson,
Tom Brassell (1979), Jerry Griggs, Gary Griggs and Andy
Mary Roper, left, and Rick Roper, right, greeted Allison
McCloud, center, the 2007-08 recipient of the Chris
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Don Purser Memorial Golf Scramble & Winn Parish Reception
Members of the Don Purser family greeted fellow
alumni and guests at the Don Purser Memorial
Golf Scramble and dinner in Winnfield. Seated
from left are Megan Purser, Donnie Purser, John
Jackson (1955, 1970) and Matt Purser. On the
back row are Leah Purser, Jane Purser (1949) and
Jason O'Brien, first recipient
of the Don Purser Scholar-
ship, was greeted by Jane
Adam Daughtry was named
winner of the Ted Jones
Scholarship for Winnfield.
Stephanie Lawrence (2005)
Winnfield area recruiter, pre-
sented the award.
State University ;—
Second place winners were Bo Files, Kyle
Carter, Chuck Weeks and Deano Thorton
First place winners in the Don
Purser Memorial Golf Scramble
were Chad Goins (2000), Jeremy
Moore, Steve Johnson and Adam
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Third place winners were Jack
Brittain (1979), Chase Trichell,
Brittany Averett, Fred Teresa
(1982) and Zack Williams
Winnfield High School graduates who are
attending NSU this fall are, front row from
left, Hanah Hailey, Adam Daughtry and
Jordan Jurek. On the back row are Kyle
McNaughton, Zack Price, and Dr. Randy
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Dallas Alumni Gathering
Matt (2001) and Julie
(2003) Casstevens were
among the guests at the
Ronnie Wise (1989), Trey Hennigan (2003), Trent Harrell,
Jermaine Jones (1998), Assistant Athletic Director Dr.
William Broussard (2000) and Al Traylor (2001) were able
to catch up during the Dallas alumni gathering.
(1956), Susie Branch and
enjoyed the fellowship
among alumni and guests
Raven Brown (1999), Andrea Bailey (1999), Carmen Pey-
ton (1999), Quincy Perkins, Dawn DeVillier (2002), Katie
Caldwell and Debbie Harp, from left, shared a meal with
fellow alumni in Dallas.
Old friends reunited in Dallas were, from left, Assistant
Alumni and Development Director Jill Parker Bankston
(1997), Brandi Poche Taylor (1998), Angela Hennigan
Kelso (1995), Kelley Kendall Mims (1996) and Jill Cantrell
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© Robert Manriquez (2001. 2006) was named Sabine Parish
High School 2007 Teacher of the Year and over the summer partic-
ipated in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Teacher Fund Program.
Manriquez is a science teacher at Many High School and was one
of 400 primary and secondary educators to travel to Japan for three
weeks to promote intercultural understanding between the two
nations. Traveling with the program to select cities, the partici-
pants have direct contact with Japanese teachers and students dur-
ing visits to schools and teacher colleges. Cultural sites, local
industries and a homestay with a local family are also part of the
A teacher at Many High since 2003, Manriquez earned a bach-
elors degree in biology and a master of education with a concentra-
tion in the Preparing Responsive Educators program. He teaches
physics, physical science and environmental science. He is a mem-
ber of several professional organizations and has participated in
several developmental education fellowships and workshops. He
has received several professional honors and has received several
grants during his teaching career.
© Former Demon football player B J. Williams (1999. 2003) was
named the Director of Public Service in Plaquemines Parish.
Williams earned a degree in education and completed his master's
5 John P. Taylor (1957) has published a book entitled "A Cry
From the Mountains," a coming of age story about the adventures
of a young boy who moves to a mountain farm to escape the vio-
lence of the city.
Taylor and his family live on the upper Texas gulf coast. He
earned a Bachelor of Science at NSU and is a certified public
accountant in Texas. His next novel. "Follow the Sun," will be
published this fall. The novel focuses on the hardships of a family
traveling to Colorado on the Oregon Trail during the 1850s.
© David Eason (1961) was inducted into the Redlands High
School, Redlands. Calif., Baseball Wall of Fame earlier this year
for his efforts in the 1990s as president of the Baseball Boosters in
raising over $2(K),(K)0 to refurbish the school's baseball fields.
David's son Michael was an Ail-American pitcher at the Universi-
ty of California, Riverside, in 1995 and signed with the Florida
i? Cathy Bethel Hein (1992) was named new head of the CIO
Office for Novartis International where she will provide operational
support to the Corporate CIO, the Divisional IT leadership teams
and to the NITB as its general secretary. She will also manage the
portfolio of cross-divisional IT projects and ensure that the recent-
ly implemented IT Governance reflects the ECN mandate.
Cathy's professional career spans a broad range of experiences,
including portfolio management, service management, financial report-
ing and the development of rT solutions in Life Sciences and ERP.
Before joining Novartis in 2(K)6, Cathy worked for companies such as
BearingPoint Switzerland, Lion Bioscience Germany, Celera Genomics
Maryland/U.S. and Andersen Consulting Texas/U.S. Cathy holds a
Master of Science Management Information Systems from the Univer-
sity of Texas Dallas and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from
• 5 Kathy R. Waits Robinson (19X6) of Krum, Texas, graduated
from Baylor Nursing School with a Master of Science in Nursing
in neonatology on May 12. completing the degree with academic-
"The NSU School of Nursing gave me the education I needed
to complete my degree and give me the competitive edge to be a
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP)." she
Prior to moving to Texas, Robinson
was a pediatric RN at Schumpert Medical
Center in Shreveport. head nurse at the
Pediatric ICU (PICU) at Ochsner Medical
Center in New Orleans, the pediatric head
nurse at Rapides Regional in Alexandria
and a specialized care pediatric nurse at
Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev. She
plans to work as a neonatal nurse practi-
tioner at the Medical Center of Lewisville,
Texas, where she has been a charge nurse for the NICU for the last
five years. Last year she was selected as a Top 100 Nurse in Texas
by the Texas Nurses Association and was the very first nurse from
the Medical Center of Lewisville to receive the honor.
O Rhett Crosby (1999) of Laveen, Ariz.,
had the privilege of working around an
Emmy Nominated director in Sedona.
Ariz., for a destinations video for Disney.
Since signing with MovieWork Now Cast-
ing he has received many call backs and
participated in more than a half dozen
projects, including. The Kingdom, a
Gatorade commercial with Derek Jetter.
and BBC docudramas Nuclear & Comet.
Last summer, he was been cast to play a
character on a new TV Show entitled "The
Unjust" produced by Red C. Entertain-
A native of Dallas. Rhett earned a degree in broadcast journal-
ism at NSU. He has over 10 years combined experience in film, tel-
evision, stage, radio and voice over. Rhett began acting classes at a
young age and continue to develop his skills through school and
college at Northwestern where he took several theater, acting and
drama classes for electives. He became involved in the local acting
scene as soon as he moved to Arizona.
College of Business to host Homecoming brunch
The NSU College of Business will host a brunch from
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 27, as part of the university's
Homecoming festivities. During the brunch, the College will
recognize this year's inductees into the College of Business
Hall of Distinction. Announcements will be made regarding
the Robert Easley Professorship for the College of Business,
which is near fulfillment. This professorship honors a long-
time dean and professor in the College of Business and
was initiated by former students and colleagues. Donors
towards the scholarship will be recognized.
Anyone who would like to contribute to the professorship's
fulfillment should contact NSU Director of Alumni and
Development Chris Maggio at (318) 357-4414
The program will also include acknowledgements concern-
ing other professorships in development and introductions
for Dr. Jerry L. Wall, new dean of the College of Business.
For more information or to RSVP for the brunch,
contact the College of Business at (318) 357-5162.
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Dr. John Dollar
New department heads announced
Increasing enrollment, expanding
undergraduate curriculums and increasing
career opportunities for graduate students
are the main goals for Dr. John Dollar,
who has been named the head of the
Department of Health and Human Perfor-
Dollar joined the faculty at Northwest-
ern in 2003 after serving at Texas A & M
University, where he earned a Ph.D. in kine-
siology and was teaching in the sports management program.
Dollar earned a bachelor's degree in secondary health and
physical education at the University of Central Arkansas in
Conway, Ark., in 1974 and a master's degree in secondary
physical education at NSU in 1981 and he has more than 30
years of secondary and higher physical education experience in
Louisiana and Texas. For the last four years. Dollar has taught
NSU graduate classes in sports administration and hopes to
incorporate that expertise into enhancing both undergraduate
and graduate course work in the department.
Undergraduate degree programs offered by the Depart-
ment of Health and Human Performance include teacher certi-
fication in health and physical education and health and exer-
cise science. The department also offers a minor in athletic-
training and a concentration in physical therapy. At the gradu-
ate level, programs offered include health and physical educa-
tion, health promotion and sports administration.
According to Dollar, refining the undergraduate and grad-
uate programs to meet guidelines set forth by the North Amer-
ican Society for Sports Management and the National Associa-
tion for Sports and Physical Education is an important network-
ing tool for both recruiting students and placing students in
"The NASSM and the NASPE combined and came up
with common guidelines for undergraduate and graduate pro-
grams in sports management and sports administration.'" Dollar
said. "In meeting the guidelines, your program achieves
national approval status and you are listed an their register of
approved programs for recruiting purposes."
Expanding the undergraduate curriculum could create a
smooth transition for HHP undergraduates who plan to pursue
the master's degree. One benefit of NSU's program is that stu-
dents work closely with the athletic department for practical
experience and many have pursued successful internships and
careers with professional sports organizations and facilities.
Dollar intends to nurture those contacts to establish rapport
with sports organizations, conferences and related agencies.
"Drawing students to a Division I program is a big plus for
us because the experience is good for them. Our masters pro-
gram is as good as any master's program in the south, includ-
ing Texas and all the Florida schools," said Dollar, whose for-
mer students are on staff with the Texas Rangers, the San Anto-
nio Spurs, and the New Orleans Hornets. "The availability of
internships is outstanding. "
Students must meet rigorous academic standards to
achieve the prized internships, which rely on organizational
skills and experience in sales, marketing and promotions.
See Dollar on page 11
Bringing science laboratories to
state-of-the-art condition and updating
course syllabi are top priorities for Dr.
Zafer Hatahet. newly-appointed chairman
of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Hatahet earned B.S. and M.S.
degrees in biology at University of
Detroit and a Ph.D. in biochemistry at
Dr. Zafer Hatahet McGill University. He completed post-
doctoral fellowship at the Univers ; of
Vermont, where he began his career as a research assistant in
the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He
later was associate professor in the Department of Biochem-
istry at the University of Texas Health Center in Tyler and
served as an adjunct member of the graduate faculty at Stephen
F. Austin before joining the faculty at Northwestern two years
ago as a professor of in the department of biological sciences.
Hatahet's research interests are in oxidative DNA damage and
At NSU, Hahahet has served as chairman of the Pre-Med
Advisory Committee and is an animal of the Animal Welfare
Committee and the Faculty Senate Standards Committee, fol-
lowing service in faculty senates and advisory committees at
previous universities. He has served as a research mentor to
several NSU students and has been successful in securing thou-
sands of dollars in grants to purchase, modernize and install
new lab equipment at NSU.
"Biology is a very fast-moving field. In biology, the books
that are three years old are outdated. Equipment from 10 years
ago is outdated." Hatahet said. He recently secured grants to
install a modern genetics and molecular biology teaching lab,
install computers in lecture and lab rooms, purchase equipment
and modernize the introductory biology lab.
"Classes should have labs. What you read in a book or
hear in a lecture is reinforced with hands-on experience," said
Hatahet, who believes that research experience in a state of the
art lab prepares an undergraduate for a Ph.D. lab. "They can
learn skills that are comparable to students at larger universities
with huge resources."
Hatahet plans to review courses to ensure that the exten-
sive core requirements in biological sciences build upon each
"We will try in the next two years to have a more integrat-
ed curriculum so that what the students are learning is in the
service of the other sciences," he said, explaining that techno-
logical upgrades also have positive effects in this area. "In sci-
ence, the tools have changed. Why teach the old technology
the students are never going to use?
Hatahet hopes that by modernizing the labs and bringing
the curriculum up to date, NSU students as well prepared as
possible for careers in medicine, biotechnology and the bio-
"In order to get jobs when they graduate, they need to have
experience with the technology that is being used right now.
We can train the students for jobs in these areas and advise
them about opportunities that exist. We can also establish con-
nections with companies that are hiring and train the students
See Hatahet on page 11
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Dr. Jerry L. Wall has been named Dean
of the College of Business and professor at
NSU. His appointment has been approved
by the Board of Supervisors for the Univer-
sity of Louisiana System.
Wall was a professor of management at
the University of Louisiana at Monroe from
1983 until 2007 and director of the Center
■ Jerr y wa " for Business and Economic Research from
1983 until 2005. He developed and taught
courses in international business, research and several areas of
management. As director. Wall generated more than $3.4 million
in grant activity over 10 years and published multiple economic
reports on the area.
"I was attracted to this position because of the challenges
that were offered at Northwestern," said Wall. "The College of
Business is accredited and maintaining accreditation is a differ-
ent challenge. There is a great deal of potential here because of
the faculty present as well as the students."
The College of Business is accredited by The Association to
Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AASCB) Internation-
al. NSU achieved reaffirmation of accreditation in 2005 for six
years, the longest period granted by the organization.
"As dean, I want to continue providing a quality business
education for our students and maintaining our accreditation by
making sure our students receive high quality instruction." said
Wall. "1 want to build bridges to the communities we serve and
make sure we are providing quality graduates that meet the
needs of businesses. I want to make sure we offer courses that
are needed including continuing education classes."
Wall also wants Northwestern 's College of Business to pro-
vide students with a better understanding of international busi-
"We are part of an international world of work, so we will
be exploring international opportunities especially in South
America because of the continent's ties to the Port of New
Wall earned a bachelor's degree from Oklahoma State Uni-
versity, an M.B.A. from East Carolina University and a doctor-
ate from the University of Missouri. He was also a faculty mem-
ber at Western Illinois University where he was also director of
the Small Business Institute and an instructor at Southwest Vir-
ginia Community College. Wall was a visiting professor at the
University of Iowa.
He also served as director of special projects for the
Louisiana Small Business Development Center, editor of the
Delta Business Review, the Northeast Louisiana Business
Review and the Journal of Behavioral Economics and as co-edi-
tor of the Best Paper Proceedings of the Academy of Manage-
Wall has been treasurer and a member of the board of direc-
tors of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy in Pecs, Hun-
gary, and a member of the board of directors of the Ed Plus
Foundation and the Military Officers Association ol America.
A member of the Rotary Club. Wall was a member o\ the
board of directors of the Downtown Monroe Rotary Club and
was a recipient of the Rotary Foundation District Service Award
and the Governor's Choice Award.
Wall retired as a colonel in the U.S. Army in 1995 after 31
years of reserve and active service.
Scholarship to honor
memory of Pam Miller
rA scholarship honoring the late
\ Dr. Pamela Anders Miller, former
M professor of business in the North-
western State University College of
1 Business, has been established
^m through an anonymous donation to
rlf the NSU Foundation. The Pam
^^U Miller Memorial Scholarship will
be awarded to a junior or senior
majoring in business (statistics or operation management)
with a 2.5 or higher grade point average.
Miller was associate professor of quantitative meth-
ods in the College of Business. Among her many profes-
sional activities. Dr. Miller was an active scholar and
researcher who served on the NSU Research Council and
was active in securing research grants. Dr. Miller lost her
battle with cancer on Feb. 24. NSU's 2007 Research Day
was dedicated to her memory.
"It is a tribute and honor to have a scholarship dedi-
cated to Pam's memory," said her husband, Pat. "Pam was
an outstanding teacher and supporter of Northwestern and
her community. We hope this scholarship will provide the
opportunity for students to continue their education and
encourage them to be successful, not only in their future
careers, but in life as well.
According to Pat Miller, Dr. Miller enjoyed teaching
and helping students as they worked toward their goals.
"Pam believed in doing your best and making the
most of all opportunities." he said. "Pam would have been
honored with this scholarship. She was a compassionate
and loving person that cared about her students and set
high standards for them. With the support of the NSU
College of Business alumni and others, we can make this
project a success."
Donations for the scholarship can be made to the
NSU Foundation by contacting Jill Bankston at (318) 357-
4241 ore-mailing email@example.com.
"I see career opportunities that are unimaginable in a field
that is not gender specific," Dollar said. "We are matching
opportunities with education and providing a stepping stone to
an exciting and lucrative career. When you educate students
about their options, there is no reason to not have a successful
to have a strong work ethic so that they represent us well in
those industries." he said.
"One thing I'm most proud of is that some of my former
students are now professors. I feel most proud for the ones that
outdo me. I try to motivate that in the students." he said. "The
most satisfying feeling is if you give someone information and
then you can see their brain working."
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The Class of 1957 marked their golden jubilee and reunion ear-
lier this year by presenting a check to the NSU Foundation to
establish the first-ever endowed gift donated by a graduating
class to the university. The check for $27,405 will support the
Class of 1957 Endowed Professorship. Donations are still being
accepted as the group strives to reach a $40,000 goal, which will
be matched with $60,000 from the State of Louisiana Board of
Regents. From left are Alma Rabb Alost, Virginia Crosno, Dan
Chase, Polly Windham, NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb,
Mildred McTyre and John McTyre. To support the endowed
professorship, contact Jill Bankston at the NSU Alumni Office
at (3 1 8) 357-424 1 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ellis and Juanita Coutee have increased their original pledge to
honor Dr. Bill Timon from an endowed scholarship to a
$100,000 endowed professorship in math. The Coutees will
contribute $60,000 to be matched by the Board of Regents
matching gift fund. The professorship honors the late Dr. Bill
Timon, a long-time professor of math at NSU. From left are the
honoree's son, Bill Timon III, Mrs. Katherine Timon and Juani-
ta and Ellis Coutee. Because of the donation, the department
now has three endowed professorships, including the Ellis and
Juanita Coutee Professorship, the Ted and Aleane Adair Profes-
sorship and the Bill Timon Professorship.
on youth mentors
Major Kenny Capello and Carlene Allen Nelson
graduates of Northwestern State University are making a
difference in the lives of Louisiana's at risk youth. Capel-
lo, a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard,
graduated from NSU in December 1993 with a BS in
business administration. Nelson graduated in May 1993
with a BA in education. Both are employed with the
Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program
located at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.
"The Youth Challenge Program (YCP) is a tuition-
free, five-month residential program for 16- to 18-year-
old high school dropouts," Capello explained. "During
the five-month program, the students learn life skills and
work towards a GED. Once they graduate from the
course, they enter the mentoring phase of the program.
Graduates are paired with caring and concerned adult
role models, who assist them with job applications, col-
lege enrollment, or act as counselors and coaches."
Mentors must be willing to sign on for a year-long
commitment to keep the Youth Challenge Program staff
updated on the progress and status of its graduates.
"The post residential staff struggles with finding
good mentors for the students," Capello said. "There are
just not enough adult volunteers to meet the needs of the
"I am constantly applying knowledge I acquired
while at NSU," Nelson, who is program mentor coordi-
nator, said. "All mentors must attend a mentoring work-
shop which educates them about the needs of our youth.
This empowers the mentors to help the students become
productive citizens. We are always interested in anyone
who is willing to mentor a young person."
In the future we will look to our younger generation
for leadership and as adults we need to do our part to pre-
pare them for the challenge," said Capello, post residen-
tial supervisor. "The Youth Challenge Program is a fed-
eral and state funded program. Our tax dollars are hard at
work to ensure all teenagers get an even start in life. Our
mission is their future."
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Marilyn A. Lowrey
Fleming is retired and
lives in Shreveport.
Dr. Carl R. "Bucky"
Buchanan retired after
35 years from the Uni-
versity of Cape Breton
as the Director of Ath-
letics. He is married
and lives in Albert
Bridge, Nova Scotia
Joseph T. "Tommy"
Lewis III is retired from
IBM and Lockheed
Martin and is currently
working for an agency
of the Department of
Defense. He is mar-
ried and lives in
Fairview Park, Ohio.
Thomas H. Worsham
III is retired after 37
years as a manager for
the Kansas City South-
ern Railway Company.
Wanda Chicola Ozier
is the regional vice
president of Volunteers
of America North LA
and lives in Alexandria.
Dr. Pamela Wright
Penick is executive
director of the
Arts & Humanities
Council., serves as
for the Moody Founda-
tion and teaches
through the Communi-
ty Music School at the
University of Alabama.
She is also involved as
an accompanist and is
a part of the duo piano
team with Pamela Gor-
don. She lives in
Charles E. Kelley is
the CFO at Champion
Steel Company LLC,
married and lives in
Fred Ray Parker is a
professor of education
at Henderson State
U ■ versity, married to
Sandra Bethany Park-
er ('66) and lives in Hot
Liz Brazelton is retired
after 33 years from the
of Social Services and
lives in Alexandria.
Dr. Thomas Curry is
senior pastor at Park-
land Baptist Church and
lives in Louisville, Ky.
Brinda Irving is a sub-
stitute teacher for the
School District and
lives in Baytown,
recently retired as
director of Bands for
the Marshall ISD after
33 years and is cur-
rently working part-
time at Pittsburg ISD
as Director of Percus-
sion. He is a 28 year
member of the Shreve-
port Symphony and
First Sergeant and
with the 531st Air
Force Band of Fort
Jack HenneSSy began his college career
with the intention of becoming a coach, a decision
that eventually led to success in his chosen field of
trampoline. Hennessy was a student when George
Nissen and Ted Blake visited Northwestern to pro-
mote trampoline as a new sport. Nissen is the inven-
tor of the modern trampoline.
"The basic concept of trampoline is centuries-old. Both of these innovators,
Blake and Nissen. inspired me to recognize the potential of becoming influential
in the development of trampoline as a national and international sport," Hennessy
Hennessy was born in 1929 in Panama Canal Zone and left there in 1942 for
Monroe during the start of WWII. He grew up in Monroe. At Northwestern, he
earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1951 and a master's in health and
physical education in 1958. Hennessy lettered in swimming and is a member of
the N Club.
"I have a number of special memories from my time at Northwestern." he
said. "I enjoyed making friends with so many wonderful people. I'll always cher-
ish my experiences as a competitor representing the university in springboard
diving and trampoline events. I enjoyed traveling with my fellow teammates to
those competitions. "
Hennessy also met the actor John Wayne when he came to Natchitoches to
film the now classic movie "The Horse Soldiers. "
"I found him to be a good-natured fellow," he said.
During the process oi the development of trampoline, he also met two astro-
nauts. Scott Carpenter and James Lovell of Apollo 13.
"My career in the sport of trampoline started when 1 took a group of young
high school and college athletes to the National Gymnastic Clinic in Sarasota.
Fla.." he said. "We won most of the trampoline events on all levels of competi-
tion. This event turned out to be the beginning of our eventual dominance of the
sport at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana-
Lafayette) on the national and international level."
From 1965-1982. Hennessy coached most of the world trampoline champi-
ons in Lafayette. The athletes were grade school students that were developed by
our program at USL and on completion of high school they became members of
the USL trampoline team.
Hennessy wrote the first Amateur Athletics Union (AAU) trampoline com-
petition rules and also helped write the international rules for trampoline compe-
tition and safety and has served as an expert in trampoline litigation in court
"It was through my initiative that the U.S. Olympic Committee finally rec-
ognized the sport of trampoline and supported it financially. This occurred after
I retired from coaching in 1986," Hennessy said.
In April 1995, Hennessy was inducted into the United States Gymnastics
Federation Gymnastics Hall o\' Fame. His daughter. Leigh Hennessy, was induct-
ed as a member this August.
"We are the only father-daughter members of the USGF Hall of Fame," he
Today, at age 77, Hennessy is an active participant in the sport, though not
as an athlete. He is retired from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Hennessy and his wife Ruth have been married 56 years. Stories and photos
from his lifetime of trampoline can be found on his website, http://www.trampo-
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The women's wing of
Roswell Regional Hospital in
Roswell. N.M., has been dedi-
cated to Elizabeth R Mooney
(1978) by her husband. Dr.
Richard C. Mooney (1977). an
Ob/Gyn in New Mexico. The
dedication of the Elizabeth P.
Mooney Women's Center, a
state-of-the-art labor unit and
maternity ward, took place ear-
lier this year with hundreds of
people honoring Mrs. Mooney
and welcoming a second hos-
pital to the city of Roswell.
Roswell Regional Hospi-
tal is a 30-bed state-of-the-art
Hospital with five Operation
Rooms, two Endoscopy Suites,
a Birthing Center and Materni-
ty Ward (named after Mrs.
Mooney), Radiology with
MRI, CT, and Ultrasound serv-
ices, Emergency Room, and
Physical Therapy. It is soon to
be enlarged with a third floor
addition and upcoming plans
include a Physician office
tower and other Medical Ser-
Dr. Mooney is part of a
10-member group that formed
and developed an outpatient
surgical facility in Roswell in
2000, whose vision included
the formation of the full serv-
ice RRH that is now open.
While a student at North-
western, Mrs. Mooney was
active in numerous organiza-
tions and was voted Miss NSU.
She graduated with a degree in
physical education with
emphasis in dance and a minor
in special education. While in
Louisiana, she was employed
as a special education teacher
and later a girls coach.
After earning a B.S. at
Northwestern, Dr. Mooney
graduated from LSU Medical
School in 1981 and finished
Ob/Gyn. residency at LSU-
Shreveport in 1985, when the
Mooneys relocated to Roswell
with their two children, Ben
and Sara. In Roswell, Mrs.
Mooney worked with the
Roswell Independent School
District as a special ed teacher
and coached the Goddard JV
Cheerleader squad. She has
been active at First Baptist
Church for many years. There,
she has taught Vacation Bible
School, Sunday school, and
girls' ministries while partici-
pating on numerous commit-
tees, in choir, and at special
activities. According to Dr.
Mooney, "Liz has a heart for
Christian missions having once
served in South Africa as a
missionary and is the honoree
for the Elizabeth P. Mooney
Missions Fund at her church."
Mrs. Mooney has battled
Multiple Sclerosis since high
school but was diagnosed in
1981. She has needed wheel-
chair assistance since 1992.
Though MS has taken its toll
on her physically, her spirit and
her humor persist and are
unequaled, according to her
husband. Her courageous bat-
tle against MS and the favor-
able effect she and her disabil-
ity have had on people's lives
has been witnessed by many.
Annually, the Roswell
Labor Day 5K, Half-Marathon,
and Turtle Marathon: A Benefit
for MS on Behalf of Liz
Mooney is run in Roswell. The
Turtle Marathon is the world's
smallest official Marathon and
was featured in Runner's
World Magazine. Proceeds go
to the NM Multiple Sclerosis
Society in the honoree 's name.
Typically over 200 runners
participate in the races and
many appear just to honor Liz.
Four years ago, Dr.
Mooney initiated the Elizabeth
P. Mooney Endowed Scholar-
ship is for an incoming fresh-
man Education major at North-
Dr. Mooney is the senior
partner with Rio Pecos OB-
GYN Associates that employs
three full time Ob-Gyn's and
four midwives. His profes-
sional interests include
advanced laparoscopy (band
aid surgery), pelvic reconstruc-
tion (for pelvic relaxation and
urinary incontinence), and
bone densitometry. He is
Board Certified and belongs to
several professional societies.
"Liz and I are very thank-
ful for the fine education that
we received at NSU. We had a
wonderful time attending NSU
and think of our time there fre-
quently and with fondness," he
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owner and president of
Creative Castles, Inc.,
married to Susan Mag-
gio Ewing (77) and
lives in Montgomery,
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is office manager and
vice president of Cre-
ative Castles, Inc.,
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is vice president of
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employed by the
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Lejeune as director of
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Gordin is retired and
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Harris is a licensed
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is assistant director at
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nawa, Japan and mar-
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gate High School and
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Natchitoches, July 7, 2007
Alumni Columns Fall 2007 / 15
't was a showdown in the final week of the regular sea-
son, with the Southland Conference championship and a
playoff berth at stake. The Nov. 19. 1988, collision
between traditional rivals Northwestern and Stephen F.
.Austin has reached near mythic quality in the years
since. The Lumberjacks were ranked number one in the nation
and were touted as sporting the nation's best defense. The
Demons were ranked 10th and had an offensive attack worthy
of its 14th statistical ranking, while NSU believed its defense
was better than SFA's.
"This is probably the best football team I've seen since
I've been at Northwestern," said Head Coach Sam Goodwin at
the start of that season. He was proven correct.
The odds were against the Demons, although they and the
'Jacks carried identical 5-0 conference records into the show-
down. SFA had a home field advantage and was picked to win
by every other SLC head coach, one who called the Lumber-
jacks "Stephen F. Awesome." A wet field seemed to favor the
Lumberjacks' power running over NSU's option and speed-ori-
ented offense. The Demons took no prisoners, limiting the Lumberjack offense to just 140 yards rushing and 17 points
enough to hand the visitors a 20-17 title-clinching victory. Northwestern won its first Southland Conference championship and
brought Chief Caddo, college football's largest trophy, back home to Natchitoches.
Records were broken. Future Head Coach Scott Stoker, then a star quarterback for the Demons, fired 172 yards passing, giv-
ing him the most in a season with 1.966. which surpassed Bobby Hebert's record. That was among dozens of records broken by
Goodwin's 1988 team, which earned the nickname "Road Warriors" for its prowess in a demanding stretch of games away from
Turpin Stadium late in the season and into the national playoffs.
That season also included the set of games later referred to as "The Streak," in which the Demons flattened East Texas State,
Southwest Texas, a previously undefeated McNeese team, Nicholls State, who lost its ninth in a row to the Demons, and North-
east, Sam Houston, and North Texas.
By the end of the season. Northwestern had stormed to a 10-3 record, posting the most regular-season wins (9) Demonland
had seen since the 1966 unbeaten season. The Demons made their first-ever national playoff game successful, winning at Boise
State, then fell in a nailbiter 38-30 to Idaho in the quarterfinals of the national championship tournament.
Eagerly waiting to lead the Demons onto the gridiron; yelling, clapping, jumping and
screaming for the student body; encouraging all the fans to participate in the excitement;
riding the Demon head around the field - these were part of the duties and cheerleaders
of the Northwestern cheerleaders in 1965. Can you name them? The first five readers to
call the Alumni Center at (318) 357-4414 will win a prize.
Congratulations to the following
individuals who correctly identi-
fied Miss Potpourri and her court
from 1956. The court included
Katina Manitzas, Carla Tatum,
Alice Hulls, Billie Walker, Betty Jo
Tilleux, Rose Campbell and Jan
Betty Tilleux Breaux-1957
Lake Charles, LA
Corpus Christi, TX
Juanita Penney Thornton-1957
R. Fredrick Fanta, Jr.-1957
Alumni Columns Fall 2007 / 16
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